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I Love You, Let's Meet » the next wave of sites — free and more real-world-like

the next wave of sites — free and more real-world-like

Thanks John G for this great story summarizing 13 newish sites. It seems like sitemeisters are figuring it out. Most are free, and everything in life should be free is my motto. And, unlike the lame compatibility quizzes on eharmony, match, true, et al., these new sites have gimmicks that make sense. Minglenow, MatchActivity, MatchNow try to match people by getting them out to stuff they like to do.
MatchActivity actually contacted me on the blog and asked me to plug them in exchange for a gift membership, but I opted not to whore myself for 8 bucks a month — even though I did think their site sounded like a good idea [this plug unsubsidized!]. You write down what you like to do and get matched by that. I only got one match when I gave them a test drive, though, a lovely 24-yr-old fellow with tix to Macbeth in the Park (It was “beach” not “theatre” that paired us, interestingly). I have no problem with a Shakespeare date with a guy young enough to be my kid, but I didn’t think it spoke well for MatchActivity that he was my ONLY match.
I also like the sites here that emphasize yentaing. Like going out to do stuff I enjoy, setting people up is something I already do, so these two approaches feel more organic than, “Hi stranger with whom I have nothing in common but singleness.”

OK, I have to leave the cool apt. and familiar computer now for some sweaty F2F socializing.

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